Apple and Samsung are often viewed as archenemies as they are the two major players in the smartphone market. However, the two companies are also partners, as Samsung Apple supplies many components for its iPhones.
And precisely with regard to the next Apple products, Samsung could provide the necessary components with which the company can offer Cupertino OLED screens with a refresh rate of 120 Hz.
You will no doubt have noticed that Android device manufacturers have tended to increase the refresh rate of their screens over the past two years. While the industry standard is the 60 Hz rate, some brands offer models with 90 Hz or 120 Hz rates. The higher this rate, the smoother the animations.
For its part, the iPhone is still set to 60 Hz. However, right now, many rumors suggest that Cupertino could offer higher rates with the iPhone 13 series.
And this week things are getting clearer. In an article published on Monday, our colleagues at 9to5Mac passed on information from the Korean media The Elec on the subject. According to this source, Samsung should be a major player in the arrival of 120Hz screens on iPhone.
A Samsung component used to improve the iPhone screen
More precisely, the Korean giant Apple would supply a component called RFPCB, with which the Cupertino company could equip its models with OLED screens with a frequency of 120 Hz. “This is the case for Apple and Samsung Display, which supply OLED panels in Cupertino. It is more practical to continue to source RFPCB from Samsung Electro-Mechanics and Bhflex, another Korean manufacturer of RFPCB, for the next iPhone,” one can read on The Elec. Apple would only use this component on the more expensive models, however, likely the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro. Therefore, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini may not benefit from a ProMotion display with a frequency of 120 Hz.
Also keep in mind that previous rumors have suggested that some iPhone models should benefit from a technology called LTPO. This allows the refresh rate to vary depending on the needs (of the content) in order to reduce energy consumption. If a higher refresh rate allows for smooth animation, it also affects autonomy.
At the moment these are just rumors, of course. However, given that most competitors already offer models with rates of 90 Hz or 120 Hz, it would make sense for Apple to finally decide to follow suit.
Logically, the iPhone 13 should also have a new processor with better performance and better energy efficiency. And according to some sources, Cupertino should expand support for 5G mmWave to other countries as well.
5G mmWave is the fastest version of this technology. Currently, this is only supported on iPhones sold in the US. We can therefore hope that with the iPhone 13 it will be possible to use this technology in European countries.